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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Lenin Called Them 'Useful Idiots'

Someone over on the other side has something to say. If only he had paid attention in grade school and learned how to say it. How painful it must be ...

Game, set, match…
Posted by Delta Mike, via The Virginia Progressive

… posted on Dailykos. The question:

Which constituent of Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA) bequeathed the Koran to be used by Rep.-Elect Keith Ellison (D-MN) in his private swearing-in ceremony?

The answer:


I'm trying to decide what's worse:

Someone who intentionally makes things up on his weblog?

or ...

Someone who unintentionally makes himself look like a moron.

* Maybe I should give this kid the benefit of the doubt (probably went to public schools) and assume that Virgil Goode has a constituent that has a similar name to that of the third President of the United States of America, minister to France, drafter of the Declaration of Independence, founder of the University of Virginia ...

... Thomas Freaking Jefferson.

Hat tip to SWAC Girl.

Blog Header Of The Day

From Below The Beltway

Barak Obama: Heck Yeah I Inhaled


Things Aren't Bad Enough?

Ever wonder why the price of gasoline jumps 20¢ when you leave Bland County, Virginia, drive north through the East River Mountain Tunnel, and enter Mercer County, West Virginia? Answer: Politicians.

Those temporarily running our wayward western counties (until we go over there and take them back) haven't made life miserable enough for the poor citizenry. Now West Virginia residents are facing higher taxes on gasoline and fuel oil and kerosene and ...
Fuel tax increase
Price for gas, kerosene, home heating oil jumps 4.5 cents per gallon in W.Va.

By Greg Jordan, Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Princeton –– Area homeowners who depend on heating oil for warmth took the opportunity to stock up before an increase in West Virginia’s fuel tax took effect Jan. 1, 2007.

The state tax on gasoline, kerosene, and home heating oil increased by 4.5 cents a gallon as of Jan. 1, increasing the tax from 6.5 cents to 11 cents per gallon. The state excise tax increased from 27.5 cents to 31.5 cents a gallon regardless of the type of fuel, said Tonja Oaks, a unit manager with the West Virginia Department of Tax and Revenue. (link)
That's 42.5¢ in tax on a gallon of gasoline. To go along with an array of other taxes being levied. In a state that has been devastated by economic downturn, job losses, abject poverty, and depopulation.

I should mention the fact that Democrats have been in control of our black sheep counties since about the time Christ was a teenager. Or perhaps it's not necessary to mention it ...

Quote Of The Day

'Hey, It's Really Hot Down Here. Oh, and Saddam Says Hi.'
"Castro Sends New Year's Message to Cubans"--headline, Reuters, Dec. 30

James Taranto, Best of the Web Today, January 2, 2007

Quote Of The Day II

From "The Gay Science?"
It is an article of dogma among gay-rights activists that sexual orientation is entirely biological in origin and that it is immutable. If one accepts these premises, it is harder to sustain the premise that homosexual conduct is immoral or that gays should not be protected by antidiscrimination laws. But what if science determines that there are elements of environment or even choice at play? Seems to us that gay-rights activists ought to think about alternative arguments rather than making their moral conclusions dependent on an empirical supposition that may or may not be true.

Quote Of The Day III

On wealthy Democrats rubbing elbows with the common man:

North Carolina's favorite one-term senator had long since theatrically discarded his suit jacket -- better to see you have no tie, my dear -- and ostentatiously rolled up his sleeves when he pulled out the biggest populist groaner in his revamped arsenal.

"If someone in your community out in rural New Hampshire -- or, in my case, rural North Carolina -- wants to raise a barn, we don't say, 'We'll watch you from the sidelines,'" John Edwards told the few hundred gathered at an elementary school in Portsmouth for his presidential campaign kick-off. "That's not America. That's not who we are."

One can forgive Edwards for mistaking "America" for the "Amish." After all, both begin with "Am" and both probably look confoundingly similar from Edwards' perch atop his 100 acre Chapel Hill plantation, where I'm sure Edwards and his neighbors spent untold days tugging up the walls of his multi-million dollar mansion.
Shawn Macomber, "Barn Yarns," The American Spectator, January 2, 2007

The More Things Change ...

For those of you who thought there was going to be a profound change in the way things are done in Washington now that the Democrats have taken charge, well, sorry to disappoint you ... again:

A Fairer House
Washington Post Editorial

The new Democratic House majority has an ambitious plan for its first 100 hours in power, from increasing the minimum wage to strengthening ethics rules to having the federal government negotiate prescription drug prices. Unfortunately, its plans don't include getting those provisions passed in the democratic fashion that the Democrats promised to adhere to once in the majority. When Republicans took over in 1995, they at least went through the motions of putting their "Contract With America" proposals through the normal committee process. Democrats under Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have decided not to bother with that, nor to let Republicans offer amendments on the floor, nor even to put a GOP alternative up for a vote. This is exactly the kind of high-handed mistreatment that Democrats complained about, justifiably, when they were in the minority.

Democrats offer various rationales for their about-face. (link)

Another about-face? You mean the Democrats weren't serious about this campaign pledge either?

I'm shocked. Totally shocked.


Get used to stories like this as we go along:
A Terror Error From CNN
By Maggie Haberman, The New York Post

January 3, 2007 -- CNN made an embarrassing gaffe by using Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's name in a graphic for a story about terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden.

"Where's Obama?" read a caption over a picture of bin Laden during Wolf Blitzer's show "The Situation Room" on Monday night.

Officials at the cable-news network promptly apologized yesterday to Obama, who in his latest book even describes a media consultant telling him in 2001 that his last name would cause a problem because it would remind people of the al Qaeda leader. (He's also taken ribbing over his middle name: "Hussein.") (link)
It was that drunkard, Ted Kennedy, who got all this started by referring to Barak Obama in a question-and-answer session at the National Press Club as Osama Obama.

Now CNN has reversed the misplay and has referred to Osama bin Ladin as Obama.

No word on what Osama bin O'bambi had to say about all this.

In Bizarro World This Morning ...

I read this headline in the New York Times and immediately thought: The Massachusetts court that passed a law granting gay people the right to marry has come to its senses:

Same-Sex Marriage Setback in Massachusetts

But no. The "setback," believe it or not, is in the legislature there giving the people of Massachusetts the right to decide for themselves how they want their laws to be interpreted:

Boston, Jan. 2 — Massachusetts, the only state where same-sex marriage is legal, took a first step toward possibly banning it Tuesday when legislators voted to advance a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union between a man and a woman.

The amendment now requires the approval of at least 50 legislators in another vote in the 2007-8 session. Then it would be placed on the November 2008 ballot as a referendum question.

If it passed, the amendment would not invalidate the more than 8,000 same-sex marriages that have taken place since they became legal in May 2004. But it would prevent future marriages of gay men and lesbians.

“This is democracy in action,” said Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, which sponsored the amendment. “It’s giving people the opportunity to vote on the most essential institution in human existence — marriage.” (link)

The liberal elite are up in arms this morning about the citizens being allowed to vote on this issue (any issue in fact). They'd rather their tiny minority continue to rule.

They just can't stand the concept of democracy taking hold.

Interestingly, the voters in the most liberal state in the nation are likely to uphold the court's ruling.

Liberté, égalité, fraternité, ou la mort!